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 Percussion Auditions 



Thanks for your interest in SRU. Here is a list of things I would like to hear in a percussion audition:

Things required of everyone's audition:

  • Pitch Matching at Piano
  • Sight Singing
  • Sight Clapping of Rhythms
  • Theory Test
  • Piano Proficiency Form and Test
  • Interview

Snare drum:

  • A concert etude (something out of the texts by Goldenberg, Peters, Cirone, Delecleuse, Albright, etc.)
  • A rudimental piece or etude (optional)
  • Sight reading


  • Two mallet solo or etude (a piece from Goldenberg, Whaley, Cirone, Peters etc.)
  • Four mallet solo or etude (optional)
  • Sight reading

Timpani (optional):

  • Two, three or four drum etude or solo
  • Tuning

Drumset (optional):

  • Styles at various tempos, could include: swing, swing with brushes, jazz waltz, shuffle, rock, funk, samba, bossa nova, mambo/songo
  • Soloing in swing (trading fours, or eights)
  • Sight reading

Hand Drums (optional)

Also, please keep the following in mind while preparing for your audition:

  • I would much rather hear slow and accurate than fast and sloppy.
  • Do not stop once you have begun playing your pieces (including sight reading), perform them.
  • Work on your sight reading.  It is one of the biggest separating factors for percussionists.
  • Dress appropriately.  Look and act as a professional.

Any further questions about percussion auditions can be directed to:

Music department auditions are held four times throughout the school year. The dates for the 2014-2015 academic year are:

  • November 22, 2014
  • January 17, 2015
  • February 7, 2015
  • February 21, 2015

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